Filming 'Othello' (1978)

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Essay film shot for TV including Orson Welles reflections on Othello close to the Moviola, a chat with Hilton Edwards and Micheál MacLiammóir and fragments of a conversation with the audience in Boston after a screening of the film.


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13 November 2017 | Michael_Elliott
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Filming 'Othello' (1978)

*** (out of 4)

This Orson Welles film isn't really a documentary but instead a video essay where the director talks about his film OTHELLO, the play that it was based on and various other things related to Shakespeare.

If you're familiar with the film in question then you'll know that it went through a variety of money issues and it actually took years to finish it. Welles, with that great voice, is on hand here, often just looking at the camera, as he talks about the various production issues and why the Turkish bath sequence was added to the film. He also talks about the play itself, the greatest of its words and finally he discusses how he wished the film had turned out.

If you're a fan of Welles or OTHELLO then you'll enjoy this film as there are some interesting stories told and there's no question that getting to listen to a master like Welles is a lot of fun. The highlight of the film is certainly him talking about the various money issues and the Turkish bath house was certainly quite fascinating.

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